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Alabama governor joins growing number of Republicans urging Americans to get vaccinated – live

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Republican lawmakers are under increasing pressure to tell their constituents Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective amid spread of the new, more contagious Delta variant.

Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective against the Delta variant, and remain the single most tool available to prevent infection with the highly contagious disease.

In recent news conferences and statements, some prominent Republicans have been imploring their constituents to lay lingering doubts aside. In Washington, the so-called Doctors Caucus gathered at the Capitol for an event to combat vaccine hesitancy. And in Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis this week pointed to data showing the vast majority of hospitalized Covid-19 patients hadn’t received shots.

“These vaccines are saving lives,” said DeSantis, who recently began selling campaign merchandise mocking masks and medical experts.

Republican Governor Kay Ivey has joined a growing chorus of Republicans urging people to get vaccinated. According to local TV station WKRG, she told a press conference Thursday:

The new cases of Covid are because of unvaccinated folks. Almost 100% of the new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated folks. And the deaths are certainly occurring with the unvaccinated folks. These folks are choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain,” said Gov. Ivey.

When asked how the state can get more shots into the arms of residents, Ivey did not hold back her displeasure with the lack of success previous plans have had.

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